Albemarle Kemerton Plant (s46) [2230]

Proposal description: 

Albemarle Lithium Pty Ltd (Albemarle) is proposing to stablish the Albemarle Kemerton Plant, a Lithium hydroxide Product manufacturing plant and associated infrastructure, within the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area (KSIA), approximately 17 kilometres north-east of Bunbury.

The Albemarle Kemerton Plant will produce up to 100,000 tonne per annum (tpa) of lithium hydroxide monohydrate (Lithium Hydroxide Product)  from five 20,000 tpa process trains and produce up to 1,100,000 tpa of tailings.

The construction of these trains will be staged over the next ten years with construction of the first trains planned to commence in 2018.  The plant will process spodumene ore concentrate supplied from the Talison mine in Greenbushes, the biggest source of spodumene ore concentrate in the southern hemisphere.

The requested s46 change relates to removing the offset requirements for the low lying Banksia attenuate woodlands or shrublands and reducing the offset requirements for foraging and potential breeding habitat for Carnaby's Cockatoo, Forest Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and Baudin's Black Cockatoo.

This proposal was assessed in conjunction with assessment 2296. EPA Report 1717 has been released for both assessments and is viewable here.

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Last updated: 
October 28, 2021
Current Status: 
EPA Report and Recommendations released - not appealable
EPA Report and Recommendations released - not appealable
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